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ELECTROPLATING in the HOME WORKSHOP. by Norm Jones Oct 2, 2008. OVERVIEW. SOURCES for INFORMATION Caswell Electroplating in Miniature 7696 Route 31 Lyons, New York 14489 (315) 946-1213 www.caswellplating.com Request a catalog Anodizing, Electroplating, (Brush Plating)

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Electroplating in the home workshop

ELECTROPLATING in the HOME WORKSHOP

by Norm Jones

Oct 2, 2008


Overview

OVERVIEW

SOURCES for INFORMATION

Caswell Electroplating in Miniature

7696 Route 31

Lyons, New York 14489

(315) 946-1213 www.caswellplating.com

Request a catalog

Anodizing, Electroplating, (Brush Plating)

Powder Coating, Polishing, Paint

Plating Manual $22.00


Sources for information cont

SOURCES for INFORMATION (cont)

RIOGRANDE

7500 Bluewater Rd NW

Albuquerque, New Mexico 87121-1962

(800) 545-6566 www.riogrande.com

Call to request a customer number

Request “Tools & Equipment”

Great catalog to browse thru!

Plating Manual $15.00

Electroplaters Handbook C.W. Ammen

ISBN 0-8306-0310-7 (paper bound)


Initial steps for plating

INITIAL STEPS for PLATING

Part must be highly polished

(Plating will not improve finish)

Remove Polishing Compound with Lacquer Thinner or Acetone

Soak Part in Hot Solution of Dishwasher Detergent

(Cascade or Similar)

Rinse in Distilled Water

DO NOT TOUCH PART WITH BARE HANDS

AFTER THIS STEP


Electro cleaning

ELECTRO-CLEANING

Cleans Part Microscopically

Electro-Cleaner: Riogrande page 402

Container: Pyrex Loaf Pan

(Solution may need to be heated)

Part will be suspended in container

(Must not touch Anode)

DC Power Source: Adjustable (12 volts @ 2 Amps)

Use Stainless Steel Anode (Positive Lead)

(Special Shapes may be Required)

Connect Negative Lead to Part to be plated

(make connection in area not to be plated)

Adjust Power Supply to 10V. Turn on Power Supply for 60 seconds


Electrocleaning cont

ELECTROCLEANING (CONT)

Rinse Part in Distilled Water

Rinse Part in Acid Dip (Riogrande Page 402)

Rinse Part in Distilled Water

(separate water rinse from above)

Note that all Water Rinses and Acid Dips are Dedicated

Note


Electro cleaner setup

ELECTRO-CLEANER SETUP


Nickel plating

NICKEL PLATING

“Parts that I am plating are Brass”

Nickel prevents tarnishing for subsequent Gold Plating

Provides better adhesion for Gold Plating

Can be used as Final Finish with Extra Thickness

Caswell PlugN’ Plate Kit

Power Supply 4.5V @ 300ma

Stainless Steel Wand

Bandage

Nickel Plating Solution

(Individual Items are Available Separately)


Stainless steel wand bandage

STAINLESS STEEL WAND / BANDAGE


Wand in plating solution

WAND in PLATING SOLUTION


Nickel plating setup

NICKEL PLATING SETUP


Nickel plating procedure

NICKEL PLATING PROCEDURE

Brush Plating

Dip Wand in Plating Solution

Wipe wet Bandage on Part to be Plated

( make sure that the stainless wand does not touch part)

Keep Moving!

Dip Plating

Submerge Part in Plating Solution

Agitate Solution

Amount of time determines Plating Thickness

Rinse Part in Distilled Water

Rinse Part in Acid Dip

Rinse Part in Distilled Water


Gold plating

GOLD PLATING

“Cyanide Based” 24K,18K,14K Riogrande/Caswell

Color based on : Temperature, Current, Time in Bath

Agitation gives uniform color

Bath has both Stainless Anode and Gold Anode

Never leave Gold Anode in Bath when not in use

Mask areas not intended to be plated with lacquer or asphaltum black

Set Power Supply for 6 Volts @ 30 Seconds

(Brush Plating method works OK as well)

Rinse Part in Distilled Water

Rinse Part in Acid Dip

Rinse Part in Distilled Water


Fixturing parts

FIXTURING PARTS


Fixturing tube

FIXTURING TUBE


Gold plating tank

GOLD PLATING TANK


Gas bubbles given off

GAS BUBBLES GIVEN OFF


Finished parts

FINISHED PARTS


Complete plating setup

COMPLETE PLATING SETUP


Precautions

PRECAUTIONS

NOTE THAT THE MATERIALS USED IN THIS PROCESS ARE HAZARDOUS AND SHOULD BE HANDLED WITH CARE

PROPER VENTILATION SHOULD BE PROVIDED FOR


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